Goa might be the first thing that pops into the mind of someone contemplating a beach holiday in India. The reality is that many of the most beautiful beaches in India lie outside the state. The many stunning beaches that dot India’s coastline are proof that you don’t have to plan an international vacation to enjoy a lazy beach holiday. If you’re looking to enjoy a top-notch tropical holiday experience this summer, here is a complete list of some of the best beach destinations in India that you should consider before planning your trip.
1. Varca Beach, Goa
Located in the South of Goa, Varca Beach is only a ten-minute drive from the town of Benaulim. The beach is close to two kilometers long and is characterized by its clean white sand, as well as black and red lava rocks. Since this beach is so safe, it is also one of the best solo trips for women. Although the beach is completely hawker-free, there are numerous shacks that serve up delicious Goan fare. Varca Beach (consistently ranked amongst the most beautiful beaches in India) is perfect for tourists looking to take a swim, stretch out in the sun, and get a tan going, without having to put up with the tourist masses that throng other popular Goan beaches.
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2. Agatti Beach, Lakshadweep
Despite the fact that tourists require special permission to visit Lakshadweep, going through the red tape becomes worth it as soon as one lays their eyes on Agatti Beach. With its turquoise blue colored waters and gentle waves, Agatti Beach is the quintessential snorkeler’s delight. Other water sports prevalent at Agatti Beach include parasailing, surfing, and scuba diving. It is widely recognized as the cleanest beach in India. Tourists also rank it as one of the most beautiful beaches in India year after year.
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3. Murud Beach, Mumbai
Murud beach which is roughly a hundred kilometers from Mumbai is located in the town of Dapoli. Apart from the stunning palm tree lined landscapes, there are diverse watersports adventures to be had at Murud Beach. One can also head into town to sample the variety of scrumptious, Maharashtrian seafood dishes. On occasion, visitors to Murud Beach are also treated to encounters with friendly dolphin pods. It was a very popular destination for Britishers during the heyday of the British Raj, who recognized it as one of the most beautiful beaches in India.
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4. Paradise Beach, Pondicherry
Paradise Beach (one of the most famous beaches in India), or Plage Paradiso as it was named by the French, is located in Chunnambar, which is only a short distance from Pondicherry. This beach is known for its pristine water and sand which gleams bright golden during the summers. There are ferry rides that take tourists to the beach from the boathouse and through the backwaters. These ferry rides which last around thirty minutes are highly sought after by bird watchers and photographs from all over the world. This is owing to the fact that the thick mangroves that the backwaters wind through are home to many of the rarest species of birds on the planet.
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5. Radhanagar Beach, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Radhanagar Beach, also referred to as Beach No. 7 by the locals, is located on the West coast of Havelock Island. Despite this crescent-shaped beach’s reputation as a popular tourist spot, it hardly ever gets crowded because it spans over two-kilometers. There are beach beds and showers spread across the beach, making it one of the most famous beaches in India for tourists looking for a great tan while enjoying the solitude and stunning sights. Elephants are also known to make appearances at the beach, from time to time. Hotels in Andamans tend to be on the pricey side, but with ZestMoney, hotel bookings are now one of the lesser-known things you can buy on EMI!
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6. Varkala Beach, Kerala
Varkala Beach also known as Papanasam Beach by the locals, is roughly ten kilometers away from the quaint little town of Varkala, on the outskirts of the district of Thiruvananthapuram. The waters of the beach, as well as the natural springs nearby, are said to have not only medicinal and therapeutic but also soul purifying properties. Locals believe that taking a dip in these waters facilitates the washing away of their sins. Along with the numerous Ayurvedic spas, remarkably affordable beach resorts and restaurants, the picturesque, red laterite cliffs make Varkala Beach an excellent spot for tourists keen on meditating in peace and practicing their yoga.
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7. Kashid Beach, Maharashtra
Apart from the bevy of watersport adventures and delectable seafood dishes to indulge in, tourists to Kashid Beach can also pay a visit to the Janjira Fort (located around twenty kilometers from the beach) which was built sometime during the 15th century AD, the Revdanda Beach Fort (fourteen kilometers from Kashid Beach) which was built by Portuguese settlers in the 18th century, and the Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary (ten kilometers from Kashid Beach) where one can catch glimpses of numerous rare species of reptiles, birds, insects, and plants in their natural habitat. With waves that reach up to six feet, this beach is also one of the most popular and most beautiful beaches in India for surfers from across the globe.
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8. Malpe Beach, Karnataka
Only a fifteen-minute drive from the town of Udupi, Malpe Beach is vastly unknown (except by locals) and quite secluded. Back in the day, Malpe used to be one of Karnataka’s biggest and most prosperous ports. Tourist attractions include banana, and speed boat rides; jet skiing, parasailing, surfing and speed boat cruises to St. Mary’s Island, which is one of the four rocky islands close to Malpe beach. Going on a speed boat cruise to St. Mary’s Island, also known as Coconut Island because of the prominence of Coconut trees, is an absolute must for tourists wishing to go on a trekking adventure as well as white river rafting. It is also one of the very few beach destinations in India to offer free 24×7 Wifi access.
Whether you’re keen on visiting the cleanest beach in India or the beach with the most attractions and water sports adventures on offer, you’re sure to find one or more of the most beautiful beaches in India best suited to your liking from this list. Is your budget the only thing stopping you from booking your beach holiday? With ZestMoney, you no longer have to worry about this! Sign up now for ZestMoney to get your credit limit. You can use this credit limit on our travel partners such as Makemytrip, Yatra and Pickyourtrail.